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Transatlantic 2022 — Returning to a Barcelona Favorite; Restaurante Anduriña


Restaurante Anduriña, Barcelona, Spain

Today concludes my series on our transatlantic cruise, but this trip is far from over. As you may have surmised, since several of the destinations covered over the past several weeks were hit more than once, the next segment of this two-and-a-half-month journey was an eight-day Mediterranean cruise that hit seldom-visited ports in Spain and France. So, while the transatlantic aboard Vision of the Seas ended in Barcelona, our next Vision of the Seas adventure began later that same 13 May date.

Restaurante Anduriña outdoor tapas menu

Now, if today’s restaurant review appears familiar, it’s because I’ve covered Restaurante Anduriña before in an article from when we visited this establishment on multiple occasions in October of 2021. I thought it might be fun to go back and see if the quality is holding up. Spoiler: It is. Here’s the article on our previous visit for comparison: Fun Food Friday — Restaurante Anduriña. If you compare the menu images from last year’s visit to the visit in May, you’ll find that inflation is indeed a worldwide post-pandemic phenomenon. But the prices didn’t go up all that badly.

13 May 2022 prices — Main Menu
13 May 2022 prices — Drinks and Desserts

But, hey, don’t forget the specials:

Menu del Dia — Menu of the Day

Inside, not much has changed. Restaurante Anduriña retains its intimate charm, but with limited seating. If you want to eat there, go early or see if you can reserve a table:

As the old saying goes: When in Spain, do tapas. Okay, I just made that up. But tapas is a truly Spanish invention that bears sampling. However, before getting your chosen tapas, don’t forget Andurina‘s exquisite sangria, which I told you about in my previous review, which read: “It was on our second visit that we also discovered Restaurante Anduriña also makes a mean sangria. Needless to say, the house wine went by the wayside once we discovered sangria by the “jug” (pitcher).

Restaurante Anduriña‘s sangria is still wonderful and refreshing

One of our favorite discoveries here from our last series of visits was the delectable Padrón peppers, which I described thusly: “On our second of three visits Ursula’s nose detected the faint aroma of green chilies. Looking around we saw a couple savoring a plate piled high with what we soon learned were Padrón peppers. It was love at first bite, and we wound up ordering it more than once. No need to worry about spiciness (unfortunately for us), as they were quite mild and very tasty. The peppers came to us fried and rolled in coarse salt.” Well, those Padrón peppers were just as irresistibly delectable this past May:

Padrón peppers; so good you’ll want your own plate

Shall we zoom in for a closer look?

Padrón peppers

And a very short time later we were left with:

Ooops. You blinked and they were gone!

One quibble I might have is that bread comes as a separate expense at Restaurante Anduriña, but Ursula and I remain willing to overlook that because everything else is so yummy and relatively affordable. One item that remains a constant on this visit as well as our previous three last October is the Spanish cured meat platter. From my previous review: “Let’s zoom in and see what goodies await, as this platter includes olives, chorizo (a spicy sausage), Iberian ham, fuet (a thinly sliced dry-cured pork sausage), bull blanc (the pale meat pictured, a type of pork sausage).” That, too, is just as good as it was before, and the price for this wonderful tray is only €2 more than it was last year:

Spanish cured meat platter includes olives; bread is extra, but is an absolute must

You may wish to peruse my previous review of Restaurante Anduriña for details on other menu offerings, such as their pulled pork sandwich served with some incredible fries, anchovies swimming in olive oil, and their great hamburger. Want to know the location for your next Barcelona visit? Well, that’s a secret.

Just kidding:

Restaurante Anduriña; on Carrer Comtal just east of Avinguda del Portal de l’Àngel

As for their website, that is linked here: Restaurante Anduriña.

I hope you enjoyed this return to a Barcelona favorite of ours. See you for this week’s Fun Photo Friday, where we’ll finish up with one more set of favorites highlighting Palma de Mallorca and Valldemossa.

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Fun Food Friday — Restaurante Anduriña


Restaurante Anduriña

I haven’t done a Fun Food Friday in so long that I hope I don’t blow it. How will I measure success with today’s article? I’m aiming to leave you with your mouth watering, your tummy growling, your blood sugar plummeting in anticipation, and your hand reaching out to make reservations for a trip to Barcelona.

Ursula waiting in anticipation

We found this hidden gem by doing what we usually do in an unfamiliar city. We asked the hotel receptionists where they personally would go for local cuisine. We stipulated that the establishment be a place where the locals go, that the recommendation be a tapas-style restaurant, and we preferred that it be within walking distance. After a brief consultation between the two of them, they pointed us in the direction of Restaurante Anduriña, which was at most a five-minute stroll from Hotel Catalonia Portal de l’Àngel.

Less than a five-minute walk from our hotel to Restaurante Anduriña

Sneak peek time at the back of Restaurante Anduriña‘s menu. This side shows drinks and desserts:

Wine, Beer, Apéritif, and Dessert Menu

So, just how good was Restaurante Anduriña? Let me just put it this way — during our three nights in Barcelona we saw no reason to go anywhere else for dinner. Not once. We weren’t even tempted to try. And talk about locals, that is all we saw eating here with very few exceptions. But, then, you pretty much had to know where to go to find this wonderful establishment even though it’s been around since 1939. It’s on the charming, narrow pedestrian street Carrer Comtal. With this place both Ursula and I thought we’d struck a homerun first time at bat.

Restaurante Anduriña’s bar

On two of our three visits I had my camera. Alas, I did not on the evening I enjoyed their heavenly burger. Yeah, I know… pedestrian in the extreme, but I wanted to try it. Fortunately, it tasted more of the local cuisine than I deserved. It was great, and quite large. I did have my camera the evening I tried their pulled pork sandwich, though. And, as one would expect of European pomme frites (what we call French fries), those were exquisite:

Pulled Pork and incredible Fries

But, being first and foremost a tapas establishment, I shan’t further waste your time on the mundane. Let’s begin with a look at the main menu:

Restaurante Anduriña menu

But before we order some food, let’s get some house wine, which tasted much more expensive than it was:

Restaurante Anduriña House Wine

Ursula loves European-style dried meats and sausages, as one would expect of a Zurich homegirl. Needless to say, the Spanish cured meat platter was a must on all three occasions:

Spanish cured meat platter

Hmmm…. Looks good! Let’s zoom in and see what goodies await, as this platter includes olives, chorizo (a spicy sausage), Iberian ham, fuet (a thinly sliced dry-cured pork sausage), bull blanc (the pale meat pictured, a type of pork sausage):

Left to right: Iberian ham, bull blanc, fuet, and spicy chorizo

Of course, one needs bread to go with this. That’s extra, but an absolute necessity with these delights. Light and fluffy with a delightfully chewy crust:

Bread is extra, but a necessity

Serve it all up on your plate and it looks like this:

Assorted meats and fresh bread

Ursula also loves anchovies, so as you can see above we had those as well. The olive oil in which the fillets swim is great for dunking your bread:

Anchovies swimming in rich olive oil

Not on the drink menu, but in plain view above the bar, is the good stuff for those wanting something a bit stiffer than wine:

The Good Stuff

On our second of three visits Ursula’s nose detected the faint aroma of green chilies. Looking around we saw a couple savoring a plate piled high with what we soon learned were Padrón peppers. It was love at first bite, and we wound up ordering it more than once. No need to worry about spiciness (unfortunately for us), as they were quite mild and very tasty. The peppers came to us fried and rolled in coarse salt:

Padrón peppers — heavenly!

It was on our second visit that we also discovered Restaurante Anduriña also makes a mean sangria. Needless to say, the house wine went by the wayside once we discovered sangria by the “jug” (pitcher):

Restaurante Anduriña sangria jug

I hope you enjoyed today’s Fun Food Friday. Next week I’ll bring you a series of articles on our transatlantic aboard Harmony of the Seas (ship review links: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3). Until then, let’s raise a glass of that wonderful Restaurante Anduriña sangria:

Restaurante Anduriña sangria

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Barcelona — More Gothic Quarter Photo Fun


Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter

Since this week I posting a Fun Food Friday restaurant review, I’m going to treat today’s trek through Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter more like a Fun Photo Friday. I hope you don’t mind. But, on the plus side, since today’s article concentrates on images then you won’t have to waste too much time reading my text. So, without further adieu, here is today’s photo gallery/slide show. Click on any image to enlarge it and engage the slide show:

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